Liz Smissen

Pilot Programme Manager


Elizabeth, or Liz, is the Pilot Programmes Manager at Challenge Partners, and is responsible for the development and management of new programmes such as the Growing the Top programme for outstanding schools and the MAT Peer Review.

Prior to joining Challenge Partners, she held a diverse portfolio of senior leadership roles in business operations and specialised in facilitation and coaching processes.

Elizabeth's career began as a secondary school teacher of English and Geography, and she has always exercised her passion for teaching and learning through mentoring business school students, coaching business leaders, and delivering management development programmes. She is also passionate about pastoral care within schools.

She graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand Business School with an MBA, achieving a distinction in her thesis on Knowledge Management and Learning in Professional Accounting Firms.

When not working, learning, or doing something that involves creative design, she most loves to spend time with her daughter.